Madison City Channel Now Available on Roku!
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11:08am
Watch Madison City Channel live coverage and on-demand content on your Roku streaming device.
Madison City Channel is now available on Roku streaming devices! Madison City Channel is the City of Madison's municipal television channel, a service provided by City of Madison Information Technology (IT). Madison City Channel covers essential City board, commission, and committee meetings, as well as events like panel discussions and community listening sessions. Madison City Channel also presents public affairs programming, featuring City officials, community leaders, and candidates in local elections.
The Roku channel will appear in full high-definition (HD) for live coverage and on-demand content. Madison City Channel will also be available on Apple TV in the very near future. "Over-the-Top (OTT) media services like Roku and Apple TV offer some real advantages over traditional cable television delivery," said City of Madison Digital Media Supervisor, Boyce Johnson. "Where traditional cable companies carry our channel at standard definition or even lower quality, OTT services offer it at full HD. They also offer on-demand content, so viewers can watch what they want when they want to watch it.” Madison City Channel will continue to be available on Charter Digital 994 and AT&T U‑Verse 99.
In addition to watching Madison City Channel in higher quality, residents will have a new way to engage with local government. Streaming services such as a Roku and Apple TV provide residents with another avenue of access, increasing the transparency of the municipal decision-making process. "We're excited to take advantage of new ways to make the City of Madison more accessible to Madison residents and better engage with the community. It's especially important given how the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted in-person meetings, placing greater emphasis on the use of technology to keep people involved and informed,” said City of Madison IT Director, Sarah Edgerton.
Roku and Apple TV are also great options for those without cable television packages. “You don't need to worry about whether or not any particular tier or package includes the channel. Anyone with internet service and a compatible device can install Madison City Channel at no additional cost,” said Boyce Johnson.
City of Madison Information Technology plans to continue expanding the distribution methods of Madison City Channel. “Our goal is to provide as many access options as possible to Madison residents so that they can engage with the City with ease,” said Sarah Edgerton, “and to provide those access paths, we need to be where our audiences are.”
These are the first new distribution methods employed by City of Madison Information Technology since the launch of podcasts and vodcasts of Madison City Channel and other City of Madison content a few years ago. “We anticipate being available for more OTT services in the future. Amazon Fire will be next after Roku and Apple TV," said Boyce Johnson. Madison City Channel began streaming programming online in October of 2000.
- Open Roku.
- Go to “Add Channel”.
- Search for “Madison City Channel”.
- Click “Add Channel” to add Madison City Channel to your Roku channel list.
Learn more about watching City of Madison coverage and content on the Madison City Channel webpage!